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Local Physician Arrested

Fifty-eight year old Robert Damean Cendo has been arrested on a variety of charges, including two counts of solicitation for prostitution and one of perverted practice. Cendo, a local physician, is accused of writing prescription for narcotic painkillers to a confidential informant, in exchange for sexual favors. Police also executed two search warrants, one at his residence and one at his office. A small amount of cocaine and marijuana was found, along with several prescription bottles of narcotic medication prescribed to several different individuals. Computers and documents were also seized. He is currently free on $10,000 bond pending his next court appearance, and additional charges are pending.


Man Sentenced in Sex Offense Case

A 51-year old man has been sentenced to 8 years in prison, in connection with an incident that occurred in Allegany County. Clarence "Butch" Richard Taylor will be placed on five years supervised probation following his release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life. There are other conditions, and he is to have no contact with the victim or her immediate family. The victim was nine years old at the time of the offenses. Taylor was sentenced by visiting Judge Beachley in Allegany County Circuit Court.


Woman Arrested in Assault Incident

A twenty-four year old Cumberland woman was taken into custody and charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one of disorderly conduct, following an incident earlier in the month at a Central Avenue residence. Samantha Elizabeth Ann Swick is accused of assaulting two residents at their home on May 21st. She was charged and released pending trial in Allegany County District Court.


Traffic Stop Leads to Drug, DUI Arrests

Three people were arrested in the area of Arch Street Wednesday. The stop was initially conducted for an equipment violation, but further investigation revealed that the driver, 49-year old Ronald Scott Welsh was under the influence of alcohol. Two others-49-year old Patrick Edward Mullan and 43-year old Antonio LaPorte III-were found to be in possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. Welch was also charged with possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and possession of CDS paraphernalia.


Inmate Charged in Somerset Prison Incident

A 49-year old inmate has been charged in connection with a Memorial Day weekend incident that prompted the lockdown of the State Correctional Institution at Somerset. Mark Wilson is accused of punching a correctional officer in the face; numerous prison staff responded and used force to bring him under control. The officer, Sgt. Shawn Berchick, sustained a severe cut above the left eye and lost consciousness as a result of the assault. He is continuing treatment for his injuries. Wilson is serving a two to seven year sentence for robbery, and was transferred to Somerset in May of 2011.


Casino Job Fair Set for Tomorrow

Rocky Gap Casino Resort's Human Resources Department is holding a job fair tomorrow at Allegany College of Maryland. The event is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rooms 12, 13, and 14 of the Continuing Education Building. Casino representatives are looking for approximately 50 people to fill such positions such as cooks, servers, housekeepers, valet attendants and cashiers. On the spot interviews will be conducted tomorrow during the fair.


Two Sought, One Arrested in Hagerstown Break-In

Hagerstown Police are searching for a suspect, and have one in custody, following the burglary of a home on Hamilton Boulevard late Wednesday night. Two black males forced their way into the residence, where a struggle ensued. A handgun was displayed, but the homeowner was able to chase the subjects from the area. Twenty-five year old Rodney Murchison was taken into custody; an air search was done for a second suspect, but that person was not found. Murchison also had several outstanding warrants in Frederick County.


New Transportation Secretary Named

Former Baltimore County Executive James R. Smith has been named by Governor O'Malley as the new Secretary of the Department of Transportation. He served as Baltimore County Executive from 2002 through 2010. If confirmed by the State Senate, Smith will be charged with spending over $4 billion in transportation money the state is expected to generate over the next six years, due to increases in the state's gasoline taxes.

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